Fish posture name comes from the Sanskrit words matsya meaning “fish” and asana meaning “posture” or “seat”.
Benefits of Fish Pose:-
Improves the quality of your breath by opening the accessory muscles of breathing.
Relieves tension in your neck, throat, and shoulders.
Opens muscles in your abdomen and in the front of your neck.
Strengthens your upper back and the back of your neck.
Relieves stress and irritation.
How to do:-
lie down flat on your back – knees straight, legs and feet together.
Bring your arms by your side, palms down. Lift each hip to allow your thumb and first few fingers to fit under your hip,placing your hips back to the earth.
Bend your elbows, keeping your hands under your hips, and press into the earth with your forearms.
Inhale and lift your chest and head away from the floor; arch your chest until you are sitting halfway up.Then, release your head back onto the floor. Be sure to keep your legs straight and thighs active, reaching out through your heels.
You should support your weight on your forearms and elbows (absolutely not on your head).Either the back or top (crown) of your head will rest on the floor, depending on how high you arch your chest.
It is important to lower your chest slightly toward the floor if you feel any pain or discomfort in your neck or throat.
As a beginner, hold posture for 3-6 steady, deep breaths.
To release, exhale and gently lower your torso to the floor, activating your thighs and abdominals to do so.
During pregnancy this yoga asana is to be avoided.
If you suffer from serious lower back or neck injury avoid this posture.